A few more programs premiere this weekend


September 27, 1990|By Steve McKerrow

On The Weekend Watch:

PREMIERES, PREMIERES . . . -- The onrush of new series has slowed to a trickle. As far as we can tell, just three shows are to be seen for the first time in the coming days: "Reunion," at 7:30 p.m. Saturday on Channel 45, with James Brolin reuniting a variety of famous and not so famous families and friends; "Super Force," at 8 p.m. Saturday on Channel 54, a futuristic crime-solving show, and the Fox comedy "Good Grief," at 9:30 p.m. Sunday on Channel 45, with Howie Mandel as co-proprietor of a mortuary.

. . . AND SEASON DEBUTS -- A large number of returning shows, including the resolution of a couple of cliffhangers, are making their season returns (check listings for details). On Friday come "Quantum Leap," "Night Court," "Wings" and "Midnight Caller" on NBC, "Bagdad Cafe" on CBS and "Perfect Strangers" on ABC. Saturday brings a special flash-forward premiere of ABC's "China Beach," and a 16th season for NBC's "Saturday Night Live." And for cultists of distinctly different tastes, Sunday brings new seasons to these series: "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (at 6 p.m., Channel 45, although also catchable at 6 p.m. Saturday on Channel 20), resolving whether Capt. Picard (Patrick Stewart) will stay an evil Borg; "Masterpiece Theatre" on PBS (9 p.m., channels 22 and 67), with Harold Pinter's "The Heat of the Day," and finally, "Twin Peaks" (at 9, Channel 13), which probably will not resolve much mystery at all.

A BIRTHDAY SALUTE -- In a business where 30 months of continuous employment can make you an old-timer, 30 years at the same TV station is a remarkable accomplishment. Thus political reporter George Baumann at WJZ-Channel 13 deserves the 30th anniversary salute scheduled in today's 6 p.m. newscast. A City College and University of Maryland product, Baumann came to Channel 13 in 1960 after working at radio stations WBMD and WFBR. On the job over the years, the station says, he has met every Maryland governor since Theodore McKeldin, every Baltimore mayor since J. Harold Grady and every president since Harry Truman.

ANNIVERSARY, PART TWO -- Speaking of longevity, Johnny Carson at NBC closely rivals Baumann at WJZ. "The Tonight Show's 28th Anniversary" special, at 9 tonight on Channel 2, celebrates Carson's tour at the talk desk with last season's highlights

THE CABLE CONNECTION -- Anybody younger than, oh, 22 or so who also lives in a cable-equipped household knows Ken Ober. He's the deadpan host of "Remote Control," the MTV video network's TV-nostalgia game show. (He's also the nerdy brother-in-law on NBC's new "Parenthood.") And at 7 tonight on MTV (with numerous repeats to come), he stars in a pretty funny special, "The Breakdown Tour -- A Ken Ober Special." It's a sharp-edged parody of the TV ad game.

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